Right winger Jamie Langenbrunner is almost certain to return to the New Jersey Devils' lineup on Sunday for Game 6 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final versus Carolina.
He has missed the last three games with a lower body injury. New Jersey leads the best-of-seven series 3-2.
Devils defenceman Bryce Salvador, who has missed one game with a left knee injury, probably won't be able to play, but he accompanied the team to Raleigh, N.C., after Saturday's practice in New Jersey.
"I felt good," Langenbrunner said. "I skated yesterday and felt good yesterday. Today, I got to go out there with those guys and I felt good."
Those "guys" are linemates Zach Parise and Travis Zajac, which was an indication that Langenbrunner would play.
"We'll see tomorrow," coach Brent Sutter said. "That decision will be made tomorrow."
Langenbrunner said he would wait until Sunday morning to see how his injury responded to a full practice, but he was optimistic about his chances.
"The way I went on that line, I would imagine I'm playing tomorrow."
That would mean a forward would come out of the lineup, and it would probably be Bobby Holik.
Salvador skated prior to practice but did not stay on with the team.
"I feel good," the defenceman said. "I'm going to skate tomorrow in the pre-game skate."
The Devils might not be quick to put Salvador back in because Andy Greene played well in his place.